May 17, 2005 Subject:
Very simple PSA
This segment consists entirely of white text on a black background with a basic sound scheme. The text starts off "IF YOU'RE THINKING OF TAKING EXTASY, THERE'S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF" -- "ECTASY CAN CAUSE:". Various medical conditions, ranging from "CONFUSION" to "PARKINSONS DISEASE", are then flashed up on the screen accompanied by a beeping sound, which is meant to mimic a heart monitor machine. Finally, "AND POSSIBLY:" is shown followed by the word "DEATH" in large letters and the sound of the heart monitor "flat lining".
I have serious doubts that flashing a list of medical conditions is going to be effective in reducing illegal drug consumption. It might work to convince parents that something is being done about the "drug menace" (which a cynic may argue is the primary role of many anti-drug PSAs).
April 24, 2005 Subject:
Not a good informative film. It is neither accurate or descriptive.
April 13, 2005 Subject:
Did you know that DAWN (the "Drug Abuse Warning Network") listed (in 1998) a total of 15 deaths that club drugs were involved in (but not necessarily the cause of). That includes the entire family of "club drugs," from MDMA (ecstasy) to GHB.
And did you know that, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine (part of the American College of Physicians) use of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, ketoprofen, and tiaprofenic acid) accounts for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the United States?
But back to ecstasy: Of those 15 deaths from all the club drugs in 1998, none of them were children: Seven were aged 18-34, eight over 35.
I could go into the other "consequences" you listed, but I think I've said my peace. So, for all the hyperbole in the ad, there's very little in the way of facts.
August 9, 2004 Subject:
Facing up to the menace of this drug
A television ad that is essential viewing.. It will only take 30 seconds of your time